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Venue guide: Croatia 2017

Seven venues will stage the 32 matches.
Venue guide: Croatia 2017
Stadium Varaždin will host the final on 19 May ©Sportsfile

Venue guide: Croatia 2017

Seven venues will stage the 32 matches.

Stadium Zaprešić (two group games, one quarter-final, one semi-final)
• Capacity: 3,428
• Home club: Inter Zaprešić

Stadium Lučko (four group games)
• Capacity: 1,311
• Home club: NK Lučko


Sesvete will stage the FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off

Stadium Velika Gorica (three group games, two quarter-finals)
• Capacity: 6,400
• Home club: HNK Gorica 

Stadium Sesvete (three group games, FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off)
• Capacity: 1,045
• Home club: NK Croatia Prigorje Sesvete

Stadium Varaždin (one quarter-final, one semi-final, final)
• Capacity: 9,045
• Home club: NK Varaždin

Stadium Rujevica (six group games)
• Capacity: 5,636
• Home club: HNK Rijeka

Stadium Kostrena (six group games)
• Capacity: 2,663
• Home club: NK Pomorac Kostrena


Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.